Contemplations over Obama’s Security


It is evident that Barack Obama diverges from Bush's pre-emptive strategy. There are changes in style and contents. Obama begins to direct American policy more towards diplomatic negotiations instead underlining military strength. It is evident namely in proposed negotiations with Iran and in case of Russia, where he wants to overcome cooling down after Russia-Georgia clashes and gas crisis. He insists on avoiding unnecessary conflicts and puts stress on good relations with allies and building new partnerships. He is going to withdraw soldiers from Iraq and in spite of problems in Afghanistan to reduce U.S. military budget. Even though Obama wants to maintain American world's leadership, there are some signs of partial changes in American foreign policy, e.g. his orientation towards Asia suggests first signs of multilateral approach of post-American era. The author also mentions the question of "American radar" in the Czech Republic, the fate of which depends on Iran's nuclear power programme.

PhDr. Antonín Rašek, Major General, (Ret.), born in 1935; he graduated from the Military School of Jan Žižka (VŠJŽ) and the Infantry School (PU). He served with the Air Force, studied the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (FF UK) Prague, philosophy, history (concluded in 1961). After that he became a military journalist and worked in various army institutions. In postgraduate studies he specialized in sociology. After the September 21, 1968, he was separated from the army and started a new career as research worker, lecturer and advisor in the field of industrial sociology. After the Velvet Revolution, from 1990 till 1992, he was a civilian deputy defence minister for humanitarian affairs, in 1993 director of the Institute for Strategic Studies. He cooperates with the Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Charles University Prague. Joint member of authors´ team that compiled the following publications: Vision of Development of the Czech Republic till 2015 (CESES 2001), Guide to the Landscape of Priorities for the Czech Republic" (CESES 2002),Wandering through the Czech future (CESES 2003). Author of nineteen novels. For his successful literary activities he was praised by many awards.

Country: Czech Republic


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